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WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:51 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

West Virginia fans have a not-entirely-undeserved reputation for making Mountaineer Field one of the (ahem) livelier venues in college football. So when athletic director Oliver Luck suggested allowing in-stadium beer sales for Mountaineer home games, the surprise wasn't that he'd propose something so allegedly scandalous (some 30 NCAA football programs already sell beer); it was that so many Mountaineer fans came out in opposition to the idea.

But opposition or no opposition, the WVU Board of Governors decided to side with Luck today and approved the sale of beer at Mountaineer sporting events by a 10-5 vote. West Virginia's 2011 home football games will be the first events at which the new policy is in place.

Though the move will no doubt earn the WVU athletic department some pocket money, Luck and other officials said the primary motivation was to gain more control over the crowd's alcohol consumption:
Luck said he was "pleased" with the approval, which he believes will adress "coarseness" in the stands and "increase civility." The policy change will go into effect as WVU prohibits smoking in public areas of the stadium and ends its practice of allowing re-entry at Mountaineer Field during games.

"I believe we have taken a step forward toward our goal of a safer, friendlier and more civil game day experience," Luck said in a prepared statement ...

"Anybody who thinks there isn't alcohol at Mountaineer Field is either naive or blind," [board member Tom] Flaherty said. "It's been going on at every game. It is there. This is a step forward to try to control that."
The question now becomes, of course, how much this "step forward" will succeed at controlling problematic drinking and unruly behavior. But no doubt there's plenty of WVU fans happy to see the administration make their attempt in what would be, for many schools, an unorthodox manner.

Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:56 am
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

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Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:33 am
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

Get douchey at the Dungeon! 10 cent drafts - 10 cent dogs. 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:23 pm
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

I cannot wait until the first lawsuit is filed because some UNDER age drinker ...A) got drunk fell down and got hurt
B- got drunk and hurt someone else,  C- drunk and crashes kills someone else.  State Police report states "BAC is off the chart and there witnesses that state this guy should have been arrested at the Staduim.   Well Good LUCK!  P.s. coach wont have to leave to get a drink now.



Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:22 pm
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

Sorry, but I've been to many WVU home games and I've seen people throw things...a Jack Daniels bottle, a box of wine (yes, they managed to smuggle a box of wine in), and the most famous of them all - the trashcan throwing incident. Witnessed that one with my own eyes...Here's a link:




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:59 am
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

What will happen if Coach Holgorsen gets cut off in the middle of the 3rd Qtr?

Just kidding.

This is all about the money, boys.  I expect WVU's concessions sales to get a $2 Mil per year increase out of this, which should put at least $1 Mil into the Atletic Department's coffers.  If WVU was serious about curbing binge drinking at games, there are many other ways that don't involve selling beer.  With the new rule about no re-entry, I suspect we will see a largely empty stadium in the second half of blowout games, but the Blue Lot will still be full.



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:26 pm
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

We have beer at University of Cincinnati, but it works here. Our stadium only holds 30k maybe 35k on good day, never seen a problem. Go right downtown to a Bengals game and you have drunks all over acting foolish. It works sometimes, I think most of the time it doesnt.



Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:13 am
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

This should be sweet.



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:13 pm
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

Well, apparently you haven't been to a game because I've gone since early '90s and have never seen objects thrown on the field when WVU was losing, or ever for that matter... other than snowballs (like that wouldn't happen anywhere, and the snowballs weren't malefescent).  Furthermore, if you're going to make an argument just present facts and don't exagerate.



Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:05 pm
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

I keep going back and forth between "this is a good idea" and "this is a bad idea".  I'm all for beer and football, but college football and basketball are so passionately followed by the fanbase that alcohol could really fuel some regrettable behavior.  I guess we will just see how it goes, and I hope it goes well and WVU makes a ton of $$ from the sales.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:49 pm
 

WVU board OKs stadium beer sales

No one is happier about this than West Virginia's Super Lush, always-drunk offfensive cooridnator.  Moonshsine?  Check.  Graduation rates?  Oops.


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